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St. Tammany Parish public schools set kindergarten registration

St. Tammany Parish public schools will hold registration for 2015-16 kindergartners and first-graders this week. Prekindergarten registration will be May 27 to June 2. Any child born before Oct. 1, 2009, will be eligible for the first grade, and any child born before Oct. 1, 2010, will be eligible for kindergarten. Registration for kindergarten… Continue reading →

Tulane gets $12.5M for entrepreneur training

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Tulane University in New Orleans Wednesday, October 2, 2013.

The study of entrepreneurship is attracting big money these days at Tulane University. A few months ago, the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation announced it would be giving the school $14.5 million to fund a new center for the study of social innovation and entrepreneurship. On Thursday, the school said the Albert Lepage… Continue reading →

Time magazine puts Kira Orange Jones, local Teach for America leader, on list of 100 most influential figures

Kira Orange-Jones

Kanye West, Hillary Clinton, Raul Castro — and Kira Orange Jones. Time magazine is out with its annual list of the world’s 100 most influential people, and among them is the young Teach for America leader who represents most of New Orleans on Louisiana’s state school board. Orange Jones is a deeply… Continue reading →

Isaac Joseph selected as new Jefferson Parish schools superintendent

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- New Superintendent Jefferson Parish school system Isaac Joseph. Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

Isaac Joseph, executive director of grants and federal programs for the Jefferson Parish Public School System, was chosen Wednesday to be the system’s next superintendent. Joseph, who was approved by a swift 6-3 vote of the Parish School Board, is a 29-year veteran of the Jefferson Parish system and will take the reins May 1. The board… Continue reading →

WWL-TV report: De La Salle High School President Michael Guillot dies

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH --  De La Salle High School Regents Dinner. Michael Guillot

Michael Guillot, president of De La Salle High School for the past three years and a former administrator and educator at several other local Catholic schools, died Sunday of metastatic malignant melanoma. Myles Seghers, who was appointed interim president of De La Salle earlier this year in Guillot’s absence, said Guillot died early Sunday… Continue reading →

Report: President of De La Salle High School dies Sunday after short battle with brain cancer

Michael Guillot (Advocate file photo)

De La Salle High School president Michael Guillot died Sunday after a short battle with cancer, according to a WWL-TV report. Guillot served as the school's president for the last three years. He was diagnosed with brain cancer just three months ago. He's survived by his wife and four children. Dr. Myles Seghers was appointed interim president during Guillot's absence. "As… Continue reading →

New Orleans superintendent Henderson Lewis Jr. expects schools to return to local control

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The OPSB's new superintendent, Henderson Lewis, center, visited Edna Karr Charter Friday March 27, 2015. He spoke to students like Damian Johnson. At left is principal Harold Clay.

The state took over most New Orleans public schools in 2005 after years of rock-bottom test scores and financial crisis. Henderson Lewis Jr. wants them back. He’s the new superintendent for the Orleans Parish School Board, the local body that used to govern all of the city’s public schools. And in a wide-ranging interview… Continue reading →

UNO to honor Gordon ‘Nick’ Mueller, and other news of higher education

The University of New Orleans will present Gordon “Nick” Mueller with an honorary doctorate during its spring commencement May 15 at the Lakefront Arena. Mueller is a former history professor and administrator at UNO, as well as a driving force behind the creation of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. “Nick Mueller’s… Continue reading →

WWL-TV report: At McMain school in New Orleans, an academic bright spot, videos raise question: Why all the fights?

Image from WWL-TV video -- Recent videos of at least five fights between students at Eleanor McMain, all recorded on school grounds, include both girls and boys going at it, hallway scuffles and another fight in a bus line.

Among open enrollment schools in New Orleans, Eleanor McMain stands out as an academic bright spot, sporting a 90 percent graduation rate and a B state ranking. That’s why recent videos of at least five fights between students were so alarming to Principal Bridgette Frick. The altercations, all recorded on school grounds, included both girls… Continue reading →

Study finds some New Orleans schools tried to screen students

To the uninitiated, they might not seem like major offenses: a school principal deciding not to fill empty seats midyear for fear of attracting too many “less capable” students, or another principal sitting down with the family of a new student to see if the child was the right “fit for our institution.” In the context of… Continue reading →

Delgado taking applications for summer, fall courses, and other news of higher education

Area residents seeking higher educational opportunity are invited to apply to attend Delgado Community College this summer and fall. Day, evening, weekend and online courses are available, and financial aid is available for qualified applicants. Priority registration is underway through May 22 online at and in person at all Delgado… Continue reading →

Progress finally being made on storm-damaged St. John Parish schools

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Teachers and staff were allowed into Lake Pontchartrain Elementary to gather their possessions after the school has been shuttered for nearly two years following Hurricane Isaac's destruction. These trophies will be cleaned up and will once again reside in the school trophy case.

After years of delays, demolition work soon could begin at a LaPlace elementary school that’s been closed since it sustained heavy damage from Hurricane Isaac in 2012. Without discussion, the St. John the Baptist Parish School Board voted Thursday to award a $615,278 contract to ARC Abatement to demolish Lake Pontchartrain Elementary. The… Continue reading →

Jefferson School Board selects Elmwood-based firm for $33 million in wireless technology upgrades

After debating the matter for nearly five hours, the Jefferson Parish School Board late Thursday night selected an Elmwood-based company to carry out about $33 million in upgrades meant to modernize the wireless computer system used by teachers and students in the district. Universal Data Inc. had been recommended by the board’s Executive Committee after… Continue reading →

Orleans School Board deadlocks on choosing interim member but approves new superintendent’s contract

The Orleans Parish School Board finally put nearly three years of deadlock behind it Tuesday night as it approved a contract with the system’s new superintendent worth at least $192,000 a year. But less than an hour later, the board found itself at yet another impasse, unable to muster majority support for any candidate to serve… Continue reading →

Loyola to present ‘Hackcess to Justice,’ and other news of higher education

Loyola to present ‘Hackcess to Justice’ Loyola University, the ABA Journal and the Louisiana State Bar Association will present a social-justice “hackathon” Saturday and Sunday. Called “Hackcess to Justice Louisiana 2015: A Social Justice Hackathon,” the event will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Loyola’s… Continue reading →

Denzel Washington to give Dillard University’s spring commencement address

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2013 file photo, actor Denzel Washington, nominated for best actor in a leading role for "Flight," arrives at the 85th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills, Calif. Diahann Carroll and Denzel Washington will play mother and son on Broadway in a spring revival of the classic American play ├ČA Raisin in the Sun." (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Award-winning actor Denzel Washington will deliver the commencement address at Dillard University on Saturday, May 9, before about 250 graduates, university officials announced Tuesday. Washington has had major roles in numerous films, and has won Oscars for best actor in Training Day and best supporting actor in Glory. Washington most recently appeared in… Continue reading →